“Labor ideology and the politics of equality”.

Stream: Panel 1 - Australian Politics / Media & Politics: Australia's Shifting Ideological Landscape
Date: Monday, 26 September 2016
Time: 11.30 am – 1.00 pm


"Australia's Shifting Ideological Landscape Panel - with Edwards, Johnson, Manwaring and Miragliotta" Bill Shorten has argued that “Equality is core to the belief and purpose of the Labor party”. Prior to the 2016 election Labor released a 142 page document, “Growing Together: Labor’s Agenda for Tackling Inequality.” “Growing Together” argued that tackling inequality was both an important rights and justice issue and also crucial for economic growth. This paper analyses the genesis of such perspectives in Labor ideology, including tracing how Labor’s concept of equality became more inclusive in terms of gender, race and sexuality. The paper also draws attention to some of the limitations in Labor’s understandings of equality and to the impact of both Coalition and Greens policies on equality-related aspects of Labor’s electoral strategy.


Carol Johnson (Presenter), University of Adelaide
Carol Johnson is a Professor of Politics and International Studies at the University of Adelaide. She has written extensively on Australian Politics, with a particular focus on the Labor Party, as well as on the politics of ethnicity, gender and sexuality. She is the author of The Labor Legacy: Curtin, Chifley, Whitlam, Hawke and Governing Change: From Keating to Howard. She is a co-editor of Abbott’s Gambit: The 2013 Australian Federal Election